Parent Educator- Pre-K

Job Title: Parent Educator ( Pre-K programming)
Department: Teaching and Learning
Reports To: Director of Teaching and Learning and PreK/K Teaching and Learning Facilitator
Area: District Office Admin
Classification: Exempt
Terms: 10 month Position (encompasses 20 days of Summer School)
Requirement: via Preschool Expansion Grant
Job Description: The Parent Educator will work collaboratively with families, education staff and community partners to ensure that the program meets the needs of the whole child and supports parents/guardians in addressing family needs and setting and achieving ambitious family goals.
Primary Responsibilities:
Parent Engagement and Education:
Collaborate with teachers and instructional leaders to engage parents in the classroom and school/site, including meaningful volunteer opportunities. Ensure that the program maintains a welcoming environment for parents.
Lead development and implementation of parent education opportunities, leveraging internal resources and community partners. Solicit parent input on parent education offerings.
Implement and support activities to ensure a strong connection between home and school, including take-home learning activities.
Eligibility and Recruitment:
Support program efforts to identify and recruit the most at-risk children in the community.
Educate parents about the importance of early learning programs and support parents in completing the enrollment process.
Identify and develop potential partnerships with community entities with access to priority populations.
Participate in district-wide and individual screening.
Contact parents of absent students to determine reason for absence.
Review attendance on a regular basis to identify patterns of absenteeism.
Determine supports needed to support regular attendance and connect parents to resources as appropriate. Educate parents about benefits and importance of regular attendance.
Comprehensive Services:
Monitor health and dental records to ensure that children receive regular screenings and follow-up for any treatment needs.
Coordinate parent meetings and workshops to educate parents in the areas of child health, mental health and development.
Assist parents in establishing a "medical home" and "dental home" for their children to ensure access to consistent health care.
Collaborate with mental health consultant to facilitate evaluation of children with parent consent and referrals to mental health resources as needed.
Coordinate and conduct home visits as needed to support home-school connection, address attendance concerns and provide other family supports.
Provide supports to children with special needs, including empowering parents as advocates for their children.
Connection to Resources:
Assess family needs and identify parent/guardian goals for family. Work with families to develop a plan towards meeting needs and achieving goals.
Refer families to resources to support their plan. Document referrals, progress towards goals, and follow up with families regarding referrals on a regular basis.
Maintain a bachelor's degree in child development, early childhood education, social work or a related field required.
Fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish a requirement to serve families.
Attend professional development and scheduled meetings as requested.
Respond to e-mail and voicemail in a timely manner.
Maintain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, board members, parents, students, authorizer, and community.
Commitment to supporting at-risk families.
Cultural and linguistic competency appropriate to service area.
Bachelor's degree in child development, early childhood education, social work or a related field required.
Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.
Experience working with parents of young children preferred.
Work Environment
Must be able to work within various degrees of noise, temperature, and air quality. Interruptions of work are routine. Flexibility and patience are required. Must be self-motivated and able to complete job assignment without direct supervision. After-hour work may be required. May make site or home visits when needed and appropriate. Must be able to work under stressful conditions.
Employment Standards
Dexterity and physical condition to maintain a rigorous work schedule and meet standards of
physical and mental health. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Individuals must maintain a professional attitude and appearance. Regular and consistent work attendance.

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